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Yesterday, we took you to San Pedro where the town council was getting ready to phase out plastics that shouldn't be bought or sold in the first place.

But while it's understandable that such a process may take a while, the San Pedranos don't feel the same way about the slow construction of the bridge spanning the north and south side of the island. It was announced in December 2021 that the bridge would be re-constructed with cement instead of the planks it had before, but nearly a year later, it still isn't completed.

Area rep, Andre Perez, says the reason is because they ensure the bridge is constructed correctly, and will last decades.



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New Cement Bridge in San Pedro Should Be Ready By Easter

The new cement bridge that connects both sides of San Pedro Town in Boca del Rio should be ready for use by Easter. The crossing was deemed necessary after the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge wooden bridge almost collapsed in the latter part of last year. The planks were lifting and the structure was not sturdy enough for freight with construction supplies to cross over. The San Pedro Town Council has had to scramble to find five million dollars for the construction of the new bridge, but also to repair the old one for use. When completed, the new cement bridge will have lights in the centre for traffic going both directions. Minister of the Blue Economy, Andre Peres is the Area Representative for Belize Rural South. He told us that in order to avoid another situation like what happened in this case, there has to be a system put in place for timely maintenance of the bridge.

Andre Perez, Area Representative, Belize Rural South


"The old bridge has been broken up because it's dilapidated. You'll recall that in 2021 in May, six months after the town council got elected, that bridge almost collapsed. It was a hazard, so we had to scramble and the mayor and I had to really see what we could have done to give immediate attention to it. So that in itself made us build another concrete structure, which is already done, and right now we're repairing it. It's only eighteen months. While the image out there is that the work is slow, I think in eighteen months we've made strides, big strides. But I can understand the desperation of our people after so many years of abandonment, the infrastructure dilapidating - almost in shambles. We're expecting by the end - next couple of months, it will be finished and we will have the next bridge in place and properly organized. We have to take into consideration preventative maintenance. Don't wait until it's totally dilapidated to deal with it. If we put a mechanism in place it becomes less expensive for the municipality and for the community."

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Boca del Rio bridge completion now projected for early 2023

The reconstruction of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge in the Boca del Rio area may not be completed by the end of the year as previously projected by the San Pedro Town Council. Mayor Gualberto 'Wally' Nu�ez said on Wednesday, November 23rd, that it may take up to February 2023 before the concrete bridge is fully open to motorists. When Nu�ez's administration took office in 2021, they noticed that the bridge, which had been built mainly of hot-tip galvanized steel and wooden planks, was in deplorable condition. They feared it could collapse and started working on securing funds through a loan to turn the old wooden bridge into a concrete structure. Works began in December 2021, and currently, only half of the bridge has been finished. This side of the bridge is fully concrete and includes an aisle for pedestrians.

The other phase of the bridge reconstruction saw the dismantling of the other wooden section. Works saw a delay due to Hurricane Lisa in early November, and instead of being completed by the end of December, the Mayor said additional time would be needed to complete the job. "We are asking the general public to cooperate with us and be patient. When the bridge is ready in a couple of months, it will make commuting between the south and north of the island much easier," said Nu�ez. Currently, the traffic on the bridge is taking place only on the side that has been completed, creating congestion during the peak hours of the day. The cost of the project was initially set at $2 million, however, months later, the Mayor mentioned in an interview that they would need $3 million more to complete the bridge. No updates have been made available to say if the cost has changed.

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Sure and steady progress is being made with the bridge construction. Even on Sundays the guys are hard at work!
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The bridge is coming right along�I can't wait for it to be finished. Photo by San Pedro Scoop

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Layer by layer, San Pedro's newest landmark is coming along steadily. We thank the public for your patience and support! The bridge team works tirelessly every day to keep a balance between the flow of traffic and the construction.

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The bridge - pic taken Friday. Update: I bet a kid that I gave a ride to that it would be finished by Feb 1st. $1. He said "no way" - he was about 10. Neither of us has any training in engineering. Photos by San Pedro Scoop

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the bridge is in the home stretch�and it couldn't happen at a better time. The island feels packed this week! Photos by San Pedro Scoop

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Boca Del Rio Bridge to be Completed in a Month

While with Mayor Wally Nunez, News Five also asked about the status of the new concrete bridge that is being installed to replace the metal bridge that once connected the north and south sides of Ambergris Caye. We visited the site where the final construction work is taking place on the Boca Del Rio Bridge.� Mayor Nunez says that the bridge should be fully completed in a month's time.

Wally Nunez, Mayor, San Pedro Town

"We broke down the old bridge that we had, the steel structure. It is all concrete. It is about to be completed, probably within a month's time. And we will have some very nice lighting that is planned to shine down on the water and some lights on the inside of the structure. It will be very nice and helpful because I know there is a bottleneck problem there at the moment with traffic, but once we open both sides, we are going to have a very smooth flow of traffic. We are also planning and having some pedestrian crossings that will also help the people to be able to go from one side to the next without being in danger with traffic as well. We saw the need of creating a more longer-lasting structure and something stronger that would be able to withstand the weight that is being carried over and the amount of traffic, the traffic flow in the area. The north side is no longer what we used to call an area of leisure. Now the north side is part of town. We have so many businesses, everything is going up north; new development is going north. Town is already congested so everything is developing further up so that bridge is very vital to the economy of this island."

A pedestrian crossing will also be constructed to span across the canal from San Mateo to the Boca Del Rio area without going around to the bridge.

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Completion of the New Bridge and A Gas Station North? Here's What I Hear

We are almost there! Yesterday, I took some pictures of the bridge and two of the construction workers told me that the job was to be done this week. FINISHED. This is great news for traffic since the island is VERY busy right now�and, I would guess, heralds the next "age of development" for the North side of Ambergris Caye. We already have a 6+ story building just north of the bridge and a 7+ story is going up a few miles north. Here are the photos that I took yesterday.

And a large rectangular hole is being dug and looks like it will be re-enforced. I am hearing this will be a gas station. It would be the 4th gas station on the island. There is one in town - for boats only. This is an older picture but I still love it.

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Boca del Rio Bridge reconstruction almost complete!

The Sir Barry Bowen Bridge rebuilding in the Boca del Rio area is almost complete. Mayor Gualberto 'Wally' Nu�ez shared that a formal inauguration would occur after all works on the structure are finalized in the coming weeks. In the meantime, the Mayor said that by the end of this week, the bridge should be fully operational, with both lanes accommodating vehicles. He said this would address the traffic congestion at the bridge because only one lane is currently open. The works on the bridge will continue until the day of its official opening. "We will be working on the final touches like the installation of lights, painting, and the pedestrian lanes," said Nu�ez. He anticipates the official opening in about two to three weeks.

The bridge condition was considered deplorable when the new San Pedro Town Council administration came into office in 2021. They feared it could collapse and started working on securing funds through a loan to turn the old wooden bridge into a concrete, two-lane structure. Works began in December 2021, and the much-needed island infrastructure is almost in its final construction stage. The project's cost was initially set at $2 million; however, months later, the Mayor mentioned in an interview that they would need approximately $3 million more to complete the bridge. A full report on the final cost of the bridge reconstruction will be shared during the inauguration formalities.

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$5 million Boca del Rio Bridge Soon to Be Inaugurated

The five million dollar Boca del Rio Bridge on the island of Ambergris Caye is near completion. We have been reporting on the renovation of the bridge since the inception of the project. Well, tonight we can tell you that it will be inaugurated in a couple of weeks. And according to Mayor Nunez, the cameras that have been installed on the newly renovated bridge are already serving their intended purpose.

Wally Nunez, Mayor, San Pedro Town


"We are planning on inaugurating the bridge early in May. We are almost done with the project. We also installed some pedestrian crossings, also two sidewalks were done, one on the south and one on the north side. We also just painted those pedestrian crossings so that it is visible to the drivers. We are also painting the railings on it. We are installing some lights and there also some cameras. I must mention that there was a golf cart that was stolen a few days ago and because of those cameras it helped and assisted the family to be able to locate it. So, the cameras are there for the safety of everyone, the boaters, and the people inland. It has proven to work and we are very excited because the bridge looks really nice and it is going to look even nicer once it is completed."

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